KATHMANDU, May 13: Voting has been postponed at four polling stations in Kavrepalanchowk district after the polling officials were found casting votes of differently-abled people at another symbol than their request, giving over four or five ballot papers to the voters. Police had to fire aerial shots to take the situation under control after clashes erupted.
The voting was postponed at polling centers of Chauri Deurali Rural Municipality-6, Panchkhal Municipality, and at two centers in Timal Rural Municipality.
Disputes arose after an election officer voted for the CPN-UML, despite a differently-abled person’s request to vote for the Nepali Congress (NC).
Similarly, in another polling center at Panchkhal, an election officer was accused of handing over four to five ballot papers to a single voter, which caused a dispute in the area as well
In Timal-7, a tussle broke out between political parties over a dispute. Police were forced to fire aerial rounds to control the situation. Similarly, clases broke out at the polling center in Timal-9.
Although talks are underway to resume the polls in Chauri Deurali, no discussion has started yet regarding resuming voting at the other polling centers.